When CelebrateGreece.com was treated to a press trip to Greece in 2009 we mentioned to the, then, Tourism Minister that Greece would benefit in an increase in tourism if they would only open up the beautiful and inspiring archaeological sites to the movie producers of the world. Our friends and producers in Hollywood have been working toward this for years.
When Greece did allow "My Life In Ruins (2009)" to film on the acropolis it inspired one Detroit mailman to finally fulfill his dream to visit Greece. Jeff Steele was so inspired that he wrote a humorous travelogue (with beautifully drawings) about his adventure called "Into the Pagan Past: A Search for Gods, Heroes and a Really Good Greek Salad."
With the Arab Spring riots of recent times, Greece stands to benefit highly from former Egypt-bound and Holy Land tourists. Greece needs to re-romanticize, re-brand its many gloriously beautiful sites and stories and let the world know it hasn't disappeared, despite what the global press shows us.
Incidentally, we also stressed to the Ministers we met that we think the best use of the old airport site near Glyfada would be to create a film studio lot. The plane hangars can easily become soundstages. Thousands of Greek jobs would be created and with Greece's location in Europe and mild climate it would soon become the Hollywood of Europe. Think that would bring a few more tourists and sorely needed jobs to Greece?